Staying Cool with the Cooler Cleanse
July 27, 2010 by Shelly Huang
Working in the Premium Chocolate industry has its downside, believe it or not. It seems like these days, no matter how much I work out, I just can’t seem to burn off all the chocolate calories! Combine that with summer food festivals, restaurant week in NYC, and a weeklong vacation in the Outer Banks filled with mindless munching of snacks beachside, and soon enough I find that my jeans are way too snug for comfort. I knew that it was time I took drastic measure.
Cooler Cleanse is the brainchild of Juice Generation and the ultra-glam and talented Salma Hayek. It’s also what I’d call the “cooler”, tastier version of the Blueprint Cleanse, from what all the reviews say. This great tasting juice cleanse rids your body of toxins so that you feel cleaner, lighter, and healthier. With only 1,110 calories/day, weight loss is also often a perk In any case, consuming raw, organic juices does make you think more consciously about what you put into your body and helps kickstart a healthier approach to life.
To be honest, I never thought I would be able to give up cheese, wine, yogurt, and chocolates, but I barely cheated during this sort of difficult 3 day cleanse, and I reincarnate as a lighter, brighter being here to tell my tale and adventure.
This green juice, rich in kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, and the secret tempering ingredient – pear – was my least favorite. It wasn’t exactly terrible. It was grassy, fresh, and herbaceous. These green veggies are meant to sweep out toxins in the kidneys and liver. If this flavor was used as seasoning, I would’ve quite enjoyed it, but drinking 16 oz of herbs was trying, and it usually took me quite some time to finish a bottle.
This Juice was quite the delicious jewel. It wasn’t too sweet and tasted like grapefruit juice + peppermint tea, refreshing and comforting at the same time. Grapefruit’s function in this cleanse is to fat-burn and antioxidize, whilst mint soothes your tummy. I definitely welcomed the touch of sweet after the green monster.
Red Ambrosia & Young Coconut Water:
The Red Juice and Young Coconut water were hands down, my 2 favorite stars of this cleanse, without which I would never have gotten through the day. The succulent red juice, made with beets, carrots, apples, and lemons, is packed with vitamin A to make your skin oh-so-glowy, and boost blood oxygenation to enhances cleansing. I could drink this everyday and enjoy every drop of it. It was deliciously sweet, with a touch of citrus from the lemon to balance, and the Trueblood fan in me fantasized about playing Vampire with this richly red drink.
The young coconut water, extracted straight from the freshly cracked nut, is full of electrolytes and minerals – like a more natural Gatorade. THE best coconut water flavor I’ve ever had, and I believe I’ve tried every brand. Imagine a Zico, but 10 times tastier.
The Almond Nut Milk was a welcome dessert at the end of the night – a creamy, rich drink sweetened naturally with dates and vanilla beans to nourish your body. The only thing was, I had already consumed so many liquids at this point that delicious or not, it was a challenge to finish the last of this, especially when the consistency is a bit thicker than the other 5 juices. Nonetheless, it’s a drink that few would find fault with, and a great way to end the night. It’s like having ice cream – kind of…
Day 1 and Day 3 were definitely the most challenging, trying to discipline yourself to this routine and resisting all other temptation. I did end up getting a bit cranking at 6pm on days 1 & 2 and had to reach for a handful of raw almonds (note: you’re allowed to snack on raw fruit or nuts if your stomach needs it), and that’s what I meant by “barely cheating”. Day 3 was when the Mister flew home from work and started eating sliced just-out-of-the-oven baguette and creamy brie in front of me. I almost lost it then, but was able to stay on track
All 3 days, I woke up feeling fresh and full of energy, my skin glowed and felt great, and I acquired a healthy habit of consuming liquids more freqently (I’ve always been somewhat of a camel). My tummy did feel much flatter and less bloated, but I only lost 2 pounds, which was a bit of a bummer. Overall though, I definitely think this has put me back on track for healthier eating. After all, if you can survive fruits and veggies for 3 days, do you REALLY need to have that savory piece of Foccacia bread? I found a Juice Generation near me and look forward to my 2-3x weekly fix of my Urban Detox smoothie to continue this lifestyle. All in all, SUCCESS! Now…where is that bag of Pop Chips?…just kidding!